Paris, France

Summer in Paris

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From the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, Paris has so much to offer! Make it yours for a whole summer with fascinating courses on French literature, historical architecture, French language, and more. Courses are taught, in English, at CIEE Global Institute – Paris and complemented with co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • Personalized Instruction

    Enjoy personalized instruction through small, stimulating classes tailored to your interests. And go mobile! Stay in Paris for the duration of your study abroad or add on sessions at other CIEE Global Institutes in Berlin, Cape Town, London, Madrid, and Rome.

  • Improve your knowledge

    Improve your knowledge of French culture and explore topics addressing Europe and the world as a whole.

  • See all of France’s most famous sights

    like the Arc de Triomphe, the Palace de Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, and more!

  • libraries—the most of any city in the world

  • film or commercial shoots in Parisian streets each day

  • monuments throughout the city


Location & Culture

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If you’re looking to spend time in one of the world’s most prominent centers of culture, finance, and commerce, look no further than Paris. The capital of France - and the country’s most populous city - Paris is a top tourist destination and will make you fall in love with its historic landmarks, exquisite dining, and charming architecture.

The Culture


  • Take trips to fascinating French locations - previous destinations have included Amboise, Reims, Rouen, Giverny, Chantilly, Vaux-le-Vicomte to name a few.
  • Learn the nuances of the City of Lights through a guided walk of Paris.
  • See the Mona Lisa with your own eyes at the Louvre Museum.
  • Visit the theaters, cafés, and luxury shops of the Champs-Élysées.


Take our optional dynamic Communicative French Language class to learn the basic ins-and-outs of the French language, making your cultural discovery all the richer. 

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Daily Life

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    Shared Apartments: Most students live in shared apartments in Paris with other CIEE Summer in Paris students. Student apartments are located throughout the city but will be within a 45-minute commute of the Global Institute.

    Homestays: A limited number of homestays may be available, with preference given to those whose universities require living with a local family.


    Shared Apartments: Meals are not provided for students staying in apartments. Each apartment has its own kitchen where students may prepare their meals.

    Homestays: Students who live with homestay families receive breakfast daily plus five additional meals per week.

Paris, France

Where You'll Study

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    With classrooms, library space, computer areas and more, our institute is less than a minute away from the Grands Boulevards, a 10-minute walk to the Palais Royal, and a 15-minute walk to the Louvre.

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    The Louvre

    Former historic palace housing huge art collection, from Roman sculptures to da Vinci's "Mona Lisa."

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    Eiffel Tower

    Gustave Eiffel's iconic, wrought-iron 1889 tower, with steps and elevators to observation decks.


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Students choose one, two, or three 4-week sessions and immerse themselves in French culture while exploring topics of literature, art, history, film studies, and architecture. Students can also opt to take a Communicative French Language course (1 credit) during a single session. All courses are taught by faculty from a range of Paris institutions and are specialists in their respective fields. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offerings.

CIEE Global Institute – Paris is located on rue du Sentier in the lively Sentier neighborhood in the 2nd arrondissement. It is just a 10-minute walk to the Palais Royal and a 15-minute walk to the Louvre.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

All students must enroll in one 3-credit CIEE course per session

Program Credit

Total credit: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits per session

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours per session
  • CIEE Communicative Language course: 1 U.S. semester/1.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Each four-week course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated and the workload demanding. CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of Paris when classes are in session.

Class Format

Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute are for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and may include evening sessions. Classes are made up of a mix of lectures, discussions, field trips, guest lectures, and other excursions that provide a unique, place-based academic experience. Attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions.


You’ll be graded on a combination of participation, written tests, short papers, and oral exposés. Participation and punctuality in all classes weigh heavily in student evaluations.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information

Course Notes

  • Students studying in Paris for multiple sessions may only take Communicative French once.
  • “(GI)” denotes courses that originated at CIEE’s Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple Global Institutes and CIEE Centers.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Open Campus Network and that are offered at multiple CIEE Centers.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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